The California Assisted Living Association (CALA) announced today that Aegis Living will receive its prestigious Elevate Award at the Fall Conference & Trade Show in Palm Springs. The Elevate Award recognizes assisted living, memory care, and CCRC providers who create and implement programs that elevate residents’ and staff members’ quality of life and engage the community. Aegis Living has 14 senior living communities in California, including Aegis of Ventura. Angie Snyder, Chief Marketing Officer for Aegis Living, will accept the award on November 5, 2018.
Aegis Living is receiving this award for their Transform a Life program. Transform a Life enables Aegis Living employees to impact the lives of others in the greater community. Eric Medor, General Manager of Aegis of Dana Point says, “A big part of our job is ‘giving’ every day, but this is a great opportunity to reflect on the larger purpose of our lives, and the power that we have when we come together as a company.”
Last year, Transform a Life teams lent support to San Diego-based Kitchens for Good, to a family who lost their home and all their possessions in the 2017 Napa fires, and to establishing a college fund for a family who lost their mother to cancer, just to name a few.
One team gave their support to a former foster child through the organization Just in Time. The recipient says, “Thanks to this grant I am doing better, constantly working on creating better opportunities and moving forward. I signed up for school and I start on Monday. This grant has helped me obtain school supplies and be prepared to take on that challenge.”
Teams comprised of executive directors and corporate representatives receive a starting budget of $500. They are tasked to identify an organization, family or individual to which they will lend their support. Eight weeks later, teams provide an update on their initiatives at Aegis’s annual EPIC (Empowering People, Inspiring Consciousness) conference.
Currently, nearly 180,000 Californians are residents in Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Continuing Care Retirement Communities and the need continues to grow. These communities provide residents with the care they need to perform activities of daily living, medication management, social activities, housekeeping, meals, and transportation; some communities also offer dementia care programs and health-related services.
With more than 625 provider members, CALA is the only association solely representing the state’s Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly, which encompass Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Continuing Care Retirement Communities. CALA is dedicated to providing leadership to providers and other stakeholders in these residential settings, education to support high-quality programs and services, and advocacy to protect the interests of providers and the people the